The 7th edition of Happinez International is out and my Japanese Hanami Matsuri spring blossoms are selected as photo-opening. This International issue can be found from New Zealand to Bahrain to Columbia in over thirty countries.
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‘Melting the ice in the heart of man’ that is the mission of Inuit shaman Angaangaq. The first time I met him is more than 15 years ago in New York, after that our paths crossed a few more times on different places in the world. He changes the energy wherever he goes when he ‘sings’ with his qilaut (drum). I had the privilege to travel with him to his home country Greenland. The article and story were first published in the Dutch issue of Happinez in 2012. Very pleased to find it now translated and published in the French Happinez as well.
Published in the Dutch Issue of Happinez 8 | 2016
My journey with Marianne Tuerlings from Shirdak | Amsterdam to Kyrgysztan , first published in the May 2013 issue of the Dutch Happinez, is now also published in the International English and French issue of Happinez.
Some stories travel the world…
More on Kyrgyzstan click here
Special thanks to Jyldyz Asanakunova and her family in Bokonbaeve
My latest works ‘Embracing Ageing’ will be on show at
- Raw Materials The Homestore, Rozengracht 231, Amsterdam. 6/10 – 31/11/ 2016
- PAN Amsterdam Fair from 20-27th of November 2016 at WonderWood Booth 133
- WonderWood, Rusland 3, Amsterdam. 1-31/12/2016
See also Embracing Ageing
First published in the Dutch Happinez and now my pictures and articles are also published in the French Happinez
See als the Dutch article of Strijdom van der Merwe here
On the 20th of June I set foot on Christo’s first large-scale project since 2005. The Full Moon and Sun where with me (Summer Solstice).
A 3 km stretch of saffron orange yellow golden walkway on the Lake Iseo in Italy and linking the village Sulzano to Monte Isola and beyond.
At first drawn back by the huge amount of people The Floating Piers attracted, but soon I felt my self walking my own path on the water.
‘ I know these projects are totally irrational, totally useless,’ Christo. ‘The world can live without them, nobody needs them, only me and Jean-Claude. She always made the point that they exist because we like to have them, and if others like them, it’s only a bonus.’
Flying over the installation the next morning was another highlight. An impressive overview of the installation with tiny black dots covering the never ending stream of visitors on the golden piers.
The Floating Piers are free. Open 24 hours a day. June 18 through July 3, 2016
After the 16-day-exhibition, all components will be removed and industrially recycled.
Out of the Blue | 2015 nr 8 Indigo Pigment on linen canvas 80 x 120 cm
After years of travelling, capturing traditional Indigo dyers all over the world, and collecting Indigo pigments. I developed in 2015 a special method working with Indigo pigments on canvas.
Indigo is also used to dye denim, being the most universal piece of clothing we have. Like Indigo a pair of jeans crosses social, national and cultural borders.
During Amsterdam Denim Days April 2016 my Indigo works on canvas will be on show at Raw Materials | The Home Store, Rozengracht 231, Amsterdam
One of my favorite places in Hanoi is the Indigo Store. A true blue treasure.
Opposite the Temple of Literature you’ll find this Vietnamese/Japanese shop with the most exquisite handmade Indigo dyed organic cotton and hemp woven items to try, buy and do it yourself. The aim of the Indigo store is to preserve and restore the traditional culture of the Black Tay ethnic minority in Sapa.
Out of fashion is the new fashion. In a half-day tye dye workshop with the charming Hjo I created my own tye dye indigo piece. Forget fashion. Go local.
Read and see the photo essay Vietnam Blues for more